13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Start: Chicago
Fly:  4 h 30 min
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
5
Durango
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Chicago

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Old Colorado City and National Museum of World War II Aviation. Go for a jaunt from Colorado Springs to Canon City to see River Rafting & Tubing about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Garden of the Gods, admire the masterpieces at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary planner.

Chicago to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Colorado Springs. Traveling from Chicago in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Colorado Springs, with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

2
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
On the 22nd (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, thencontemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, thenget a taste of the local shopping with 16th Street Mall, and finally steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, thencontemplate the long history of Grant-Humphreys Mansion, and then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens.

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You can drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Denver sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

3
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Escape the urban bustle at Trail Ridge Road and Emerald Lake Trail. There's much more to do: cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park travel planning site.

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Estes Park
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

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nights
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): hike along Hanging Lake Trail and then test the waters at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs trip maker.

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and train. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in September, plan for cooler days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 59°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
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Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

1
day
Durango

Durango ©
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
On the 29th (Sat), take a memorable tour with Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, admire the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Durango online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Durango takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in September: highs in Durango hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Earthen Vessel Gallery ©
Earthen Vessel Gallery

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nights
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): trek along Farming Terraces, delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, thenexplore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Long House.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park online trip maker.

Drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in September, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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